I have fond memories of helping my mother make cookies. I have four siblings, of course all of us wanted to help. We would all crowd around the Kitchen Aid Mixer and wait to lick the bowl.
Now I take time every few days to cook with my daughter. There is so much to learn about in the kitchen. Safety, following directions, scooping, pouring, stirring, the list goes on. Last evening I asked Arora (in ASL) if she wanted to help me make dessert. After a moment she exclaimed “Help Momma make cookies!”
We made a tried and true peanut butter cookie recipe.
Heat oven to 325 degrees.
1 1/2 cup flour
1/2 tsp baking soda
1/2 cup butter
1/2 cup white sugar
1/2 cup brown sugar
1 cup peanut butter
pinch of salt
Cream butters and sugars together, then add dry ingredients. Mix well. Dough will be soft. Plop onto cookie sheet and press with a fork. Bake for 13-15 minutes. These store well for up to 5 days if in an airtight container.
When cooking together we will pull a chair next to the counter and pull the Kitchen Aid Mixer close so she can see. Then we will go to the pantry and get out all the ingredients. Arora makes sure she gets to pour each ingredient into the mixing bowl. Then she gets a turn to stir. This is always a highlight of cooking. But the best part in her mind is the end when she gets to have a little lick of whatever we made. She will sit of the chair and have her taste, while I put our goodies in the oven.